Two Vermont showplaces to mark dramatic birthdays

The 40-year-old Dorset Theatre Festival and nearby 80-year-old Weston Playhouse would rather celebrate than compete as they raise their curtains this week on unusually star-studded seasons.

Vermont artist Wolf Kahn shows his true colors

The International Medal of Arts winner will mark his 90th birthday with a major new exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

Frugality connects twin-state bridge committee

Brattleboro residents won’t have to pay for a proposed $36 million bridge to town but are backing the least expensive option favored by New Hampshire neighbors who must fund it.

Garrett Graff writes the book on life after the fallout

The Vermont author of “Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — While the Rest of Us Die” also has a few words about his so-far brief brush with politics.

New book on Vermont commune links the past and present

Peter Gould’s “Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm” aims to reflect timeless truths in an era of “alternative facts.”

A small town remembers its big literary hero

The Northeast Kingdom community of Irasburg receives the late resident Howard Frank Mosher’s book collection on what would have been the author’s 75th birthday.

Slow Living Summit weighs ‘Conscious Capitalism’

“Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness — why can’t we combine the two?” asked the keynote speaker at this week’s Brattleboro event.

Vermont cemeteries face unusual challenges

“Climate change is affecting the number of times we are mowing,” one municipal caretaker reports this Memorial Day.

‘A Year Well Lived’ asks Vermonters to seize the day

On a Memorial Day weekend that’s both a time of remembrance and rebirth after winter, Brattleboro Area Hospice is promoting an unusual public engagement campaign.

Strolling of the Heifers changes course to aid economic growth

The annual Brattleboro event will supplement jaywalking cows with a free Slow Living Summit on “Entrepreneur to Table: Growing Your Conscious Food and Ag Business.”

Serving up local food brings statewide honor

How Gretchen Hardy of Brattleboro’s The Porch Cafe and Catering went from unemployed to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Young Vermont Entrepreneur of the Year.

Campers aim to highlight plight of Vermont homeless

Advocates will take to tents to dramatize new state numbers that report a rising problem.

Vermont Foodbank seeks engagement and empathy

The state’s primary supplier for community cupboards, soup kitchens and shelters, holding its annual Hunger Action Conference this month, is calling for more public collaboration.

Can a volunteer historical society run a Vermont general store?

The town of Putney, wanting to save its downtown “grocery and gathering space” after back-to-back fires, is about to find out.